Accelerated Learning Options in High School
Dual Enrollment and Dual Credit
Mississippi students may either dually enroll in high school and college, earning only postsecondary credit in college courses, or may earn dual credit by being concurrently enrolled. Any course that is required for subject area testing as a requirement of graduation is not eligible for dual credit. Students may qualify for either the Dual Enrollment or Dual Credit programs based on the following:
- Minimum GPA
- Written approval/recommendation from counselor or principal
- Meet entrance requirements set by postsecondary institution
- Other: Have completed 14 core high school units or have a minimum ACT composite score of 30 (or SAT equivalent)
Admission and placement testing requirements, as well as tuition and fees, vary locally and by institution. Tuition and costs for university-level courses must be paid from grants, foundation, or other private sources.
Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate
Advanced Placement offerings vary by school, and are required to be taught by College Board-certified AP teachers. Students who score at a 3, 4 or 5 level on an Advanced Placement exam may be able to earn college credit for the corresponding high school course. Credit transfer policies vary by institution. Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, the Maryland Department of Education will provide funding directly to local school districts to help cover testing fees for low-income students.
Career and Technical Education
The Pathways to Success initiative has developed career pathway documents that align with the 16 fields contained in the National Clusters Framework. Each one-page fact sheet contains course recommendations for core and elective credits, including career-technical courses for students pursuing the career pathway diploma. CTE courses are eligible for dual credit is the CTE instructor meets the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges requirements. Districts must offer a career track diploma option in which students complete 21 credits comprising an academic core of courses and at least 4 credits in dual enrollment-dual credit CTE courses.
Early College High Schools
Mississippi currently has four early college high schools, its first opening in 2015. These early colleges are housed on college campuses and offer students the opportunity to take earn college credit and receive an associate degree or career credential while pursuing high school diplomas. Students attending early colleges do not pay college tuition or text book costs.
Early High School Graduation
The Mississippi Early Exit Diploma is available to students who are college ready, will not need remediation courses, have met the 17.5 specific credit minimum, and have met all core content requirements, including benchmarks on EOC and ACT or IHL exams. Students who meet the requirements of the Mississippi Early Exit Diploma may continue to take Advanced Placement or dual credit courses, enroll full-time in a career-technical education program, or graduate high school early and enroll in a local community college.